System Preferences not Saving

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by DennisC17, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. DennisC17, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

    DennisC17 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I installed Lion yesterday morning and today I've discovered a problem.

    None of my system preferences are saving. I can change the settings, but when I close system preferences and re-open, the settings reset to the old ones.

    Example: I have natural scroll direction turned off. If I go into system preferences and turn it on, it will work. But if I re-open system preferences it will cease working and the box will be un-checked again. Similarly, if I go into mission control settings and un-check "Show Dashboard as a Space" it will no longer show as a space. Until I re-open system preferences.

    Another problem, I suspect related:
    Google Chrome is giving me trouble every time I open it. It says it didn't close correctly and asks me if I want to restore the web pages. The biggest problem I have with this is any changes (new or deleted ones) do not save when I re-open Chrome.

    I think the problem might have to do with Users because I was messing around with them last night, but I've decided to not use multiple users on this computer.

    Any suggestions?
  2. DennisC17 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    Repaired permissions. No dice.

    Next thing I'm going to try is to make a new user and see if I'm experiencing the same problems....

    Feel free to throw suggestions at me!
  3. bwapod macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Dennis, have you found a solution to this? I'm having the same problem myself.
  4. ginigo macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    "None of my system preferences are saving. I can change the settings, but when I close system preferences and re-open, the settings reset to the old ones."

    i have the same problem
  5. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    not sure because i dont have a Lion...did you forgot to re-lock it after you made any changes?
  6. oslomac macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2008
    Anyone find a solution to this?

    I have the same problem. Just fresh-installed OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion with a new SSD boot drive and used migrated my system with the Mountain Lion Installer via Import With Other Disk option. It worked fine on the first instance, but the user directory was wrongly placed on the SSD boot drive, instead of the HDD data drive, so I changed the volume location of ~/myusername according to every posting about it. When I got to the final stage, which involved root-level access with Terminal doing (e.g., in accordance with

    sudo -rf rm /Volumes/SSD/Users/myusername

    This is the boot volume.

    I had the issue of System Preferences being broken, the system settings (e.g., desktop, etc), plus none of my user files being in the ~/Documents directory. Also, Safari, Chrome and basically every program is unable to download files, etc.

    I guess the solution to this problem involves the following:

    How do I instruct the system to "believe" that my user directory is on my /Volumes/Data disk? How do I find all the plist files and ensure that they are correct?


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